Depeche Mode: Delta Machine (Columbia)
In the publicity shots for their 13th album, Depeche Mode are done up as besuited lounge lizards, looking like nothing so much as a paler, skinnier Fun Lovin' Criminals. It's all a far cry from the days when Martin Gore allowed himself to be photographed wearing leather vests and studded dog collars.
What we might call Gore's S&M years also coincided with Depeche Mode's best work, when they prioritised tunefulness...
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